Offshore oil rig explodes in Gulf - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports The U.S. Coast Guard reported an oil platform off the coast of Louisiana caught fire Friday, according to multiple news outlets. The rig is owned by Black Elk Energy. Kirk Trascher, Black Elk asset manager, told WAFB they "cannot confirm or deny anything at this time." "We are assembling an incident command team right now," Trascher said. KHOU reported two people were killed, two more were missing and four were injured. No word on if any oil has been spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. Jefferson Parish, LA, Councilman Chris Roberts told WWL the facility is a shallow water platform in West Delta Block 32. It is located about 20 miles south of Grand Isle, LA. The USCG activated a command center to investigate. According to the Associated Press, it is a production platform, unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was drilling an exploratory well in mile-deep water well to the east of Friday's reported explosion.